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This page shows your 100 most controversial books, as measured by the standard deviation of members star ratings. (This is also the source of the Zeitgeist category "25 Books People Can't Agree on.") To be included, a book must have been rated at least 20 times. Work titles are given.

Standard
Deviation
RatingTitle
1.3523.75The Koran by al-Qur'an
1.2643.76A Man Asleep by Georges Perec
1.2193.34The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
1.2093.55Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals by Immanuel Kant
1.1973.4Life of a Good-for-Nothing by Joseph von Eichendorff
1.1933.28Intrigue and love by Friedrich von Schiller
1.1783.57Michael Kohlhaas by Heinrich von Kleist
1.1753.25A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert
1.1753.57Peter Schlemihl by Adelbert von Chamisso
1.1583.31A Village Romeo and Juliet by Gottfried Keller
1.1553.54Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane
1.1473.82Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1444.04The Death of Virgil by Hermann Broch
1.1433.78Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin
1.1423.8The Turning Point: Science, Society, and the Rising Culture by Fritjof Capra
1.1343.56Runaway Horse by Martin Walser
1.1323.9The Loser by Thomas Bernhard
1.133.59Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
1.1164.05Ulysses by James Joyce
1.1133.82Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
1.0933.1Die Judenbuche by Annette von Droste-Hülshoff
1.0853.78The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1.0813.83The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.0733.96The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea
1.0713.47Lieutenant Gustl by Arthur Schnitzler
1.0693.52Separate Reality by Carlos Castaneda
1.0573.86Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
1.0573.49Totem and Taboo by Sigmund Freud
1.0553.94The shadow out of time by H.P. Lovecraft
1.0533.51Bahnwärter Thiel by Gerhart Hauptmann
1.0464.12Capital: A Critique of Political Ecomony, Vol. 1: The Process of Production of Capital by Karl Marx
1.0413.8Lysistrata; a comedy in four acts by Aristophanes
1.0393.47Mother Courage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecht
1.0363.45Meditations on First Philosophy by René Descartes
1.0333.88Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
1.0323.83The Flounder by Günter Grass
1.0263.92Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
1.0223.61Antigone by Sophocles
1.023.81The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
1.0193.79Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
1.0183.97The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Walter Benjamin
1.0183.88Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
1.0143.7Innocent Erendira and Other Stories by Gabriel García Márquez
1.0143.56On the Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
1.0133.54Flights of Love by Bernhard Schlink
1.0123.66Oedipus Tyrannus by Sophocles
1.0073.99To Have or to Be? by Erich Fromm
1.0033.78Biedermann und die Brandstifter by Max Frisch
0.9993.67Politics by Aristotle
0.9983.7Poetics by Aristotle
0.9973.68Tegneseriebokklubben 86 - Asterix: Odyssé / Asterix: Damenes inntogsmarsj by Albert Uderzo
0.9974.07Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
0.9963.66Eden by Stanisław Lem
0.9943.39Educating Rita by Willy Russell
0.9943.96The Castle by Franz Kafka
0.9923.43Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind
0.9913.63A Theatrical Novel by Mikhail Bulgakov
0.9893.73An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke
0.9893.94Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9873.81The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath by H.P. Lovecraft
0.9864.33Extinction by Thomas Bernhard
0.9853.36Songbook by Nick Hornby
0.9853.2Kleider machen Leute by Gottfried Keller
0.9843.96Love in The Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
0.9843.84Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle
0.9823.48Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen
0.983.64The Captain of Köpenick by Carl Zuckmayer
0.9793.64Memoirs Found in a Bathtub by Stanisław Lem
0.9773.56Nothing by Janne Teller
0.9753.6Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
0.9743.55Die philosophische Hintertreppe. Vierunddreißig große Philosophen in Alltag und Denken. by Wilhelm Weischedel
0.9714.08The Road by Cormac McCarthy
0.9713.81Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
0.973.7Gorgias [Translation] by Plato
0.973.72The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
0.9683.97Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
0.9673.88The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
0.9653.93Atonement by Ian McEwan
0.9643.8Homo Faber by Max Frisch
0.9633.87Asterix and the Chieftain's Shield by René Goscinny
0.9634.03The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
0.9613.83Candide by Voltaire
0.963.76Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
0.9593.84The Epic of Gilgamesh by Anonymous
0.9593.9Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
0.9573.14The Second Angel by Philip Kerr
0.9543.77Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
0.9533.61The Art of Always Being Right by Arthur Schopenhauer
0.9523.86One of Us by Michael Marshall Smith
0.9513.61The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan
0.9513.52Ensel und Krete by Walter Moers
0.9514.31Philosophical Investigations by Ludwig Wittgenstein
0.953.81Tales of Pirx the Pilot by Stanisław Lem
0.9493.77Women by Charles Bukowski
0.9474.27The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil
0.9473.49Two Caravans by Marina Lewycka
0.9433.7Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht
0.9433.82The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen William Hawking
0.9424.01The Trial by Franz Kafka
0.9413.97The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
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